US: We Have The Right To Kidnap British Citizens

December 10, 2007 in news by Rob Hallam

A senior lawyer representing the US government has declared that a Supreme Court ruling allows the kidnap of British citizens wanted for crimes in America. Although the ‘extraordinary rendition’ of terror suspects was already known, this claim makes the asserts that the US can forcibly take people wanted in a non-terror connection.

Alun Jones QC, representing the US Government, said:

“The United States does have a view about procuring people to its own shores which is not shared… If you kidnap a person outside the United States and you bring him there, the court has no jurisdiction to refuse — it goes back to bounty hunting days in the 1860s.”

Shami Chakrabarti, director of the human rights group Liberty, called for a review of the law

“This law may date back to bounty hunting days, but they should sort it out if they claim to be a civilised nation.”

I’m going to editorialise again: I thought interfering with foreign nationals (especially on their own soil) outwith established legal protocols was an act of war? I mean, if suicide is an act of war, isn’t this?